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CTO Jameson Loeb Disputes Hal Finney as Satoshi Nakamoto: Research and Evidence Revealed

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CASA CTO Challenges Claims That Hal Finney is Satoshi Nakamoto

Jameson Loeb, co-founder and CTO of CASA, recently expressed doubts about the widely held belief that Hal Finney, a renowned computer scientist and cryptographer who passed away in 2014, is the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin (BTC).

Loeb’s Presentation at the Plan B Forum

During a speech at the Plan B Forum in Lugano, Switzerland, Loeb presented his research disputing the claim that Finney is Satoshi Nakamoto. He emphasized that while Finney made significant contributions to Bitcoin and was the first person, along with Satoshi, to download and run its software, there are reasons to believe otherwise.

The Santa Barbara Race and Email Exchange

Loeb highlighted a race that took place in Santa Barbara, California, on April 18, 2009, in which Finney participated. During the same time, an email exchange occurred between Satoshi Nakamoto and developer Mike Hearn. According to Loeb, it would have been impossible for Finney to participate in the email exchange and focus on the race simultaneously. Moreover, a Bitcoin transaction was confirmed during the race, further indicating that Finney was not involved in the email exchange.

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Code Style Differences

Loeb conducted a side-by-side comparison of Nakamoto and Finney’s code styles and identified significant differences in line spacing preferences and general characters. This raised questions about how one person could have such distinct coded identities.

No Conclusive Evidence, but an Intriguing Case

While Loeb’s investigation does not provide conclusive evidence, it presents an interesting case against Finney as the true creator of Bitcoin. Finney, who predicted that Bitcoin’s price could reach $10 million, passed away in August 2014.

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